When time takes a toll and your mirror reflects loose, saggy facial skin or jowls, you may think that a surgical face-lift is the only way to deal with the problem. But you have another exceptional option: a thread lift, also called a PDO thread lift, at Harmony Aesthetics Center. We carefully evaluate your skin, talk honestly with you about the results you want to achieve, and determine if a thread lift can achieve your aesthetic goals.
We explain everything you need to know about a thread lift and answer all your questions during your consultation, but in the meantime, here’s a quick rundown to give you an idea of how a PDO thread lift works.
How the thread lift works
Thread lifts produce immediate and long-lasting results through two different actions. First, we gently run polydioxanone (PDO) thread under your skin using a small needle or a thin cannula to guide the thread.
Once the thread is in place, we use it to lift and tighten that section of your face. The total number of threads we use depends on the results you want to achieve. The lift created by the threads produces immediate results.
The second thing that happens is that the thread triggers your body’s healing response, which stimulates collagen production. This extra boost of collagen is essential because it normally keeps your skin strong and supple.
As you get older, though, your skin produces less collagen with each passing year. This ongoing collagen loss is the biggest reason your skin becomes weak and loose.
As long as the threads are there, they continue to activate collagen production and improve your skin. Over time, you see stronger, better toned skin that helps support the thread lift.
Thread type makes a difference
PDO is a medical-grade thread that’s incredibly strong and lasts up to about six months before it finally dissolves and is naturally absorbed by your body. Both qualities are important. The strength of the thread ensures that it supports your lift, while its slowly dissolving properties can give your skin plenty of extra time to produce collagen.
There are many different types of PDO threads. We choose the type that’s best for your skin and the result you want to achieve.
The type of thread we use also determines how long your results last. Most patients maintain their results for about a year, but some types of thread may produce results lasting up to three years.
Facial areas treated with a PDO thread lift
We can lift virtually every area of your face with a PDO thread lift. In some patients, we target a precise area of aging, like the corners of their eyes. For others, we lift large areas like their cheeks and jowls. Your thread lift is totally customized based on the results you want to achieve.
No downtime needed
You may have some redness, bruising, or slight swelling after your procedure, but these side effects don’t last long. Most patients get back to their normal daily routine as soon as they leave the office.